日本料理 柏屋 大阪千里山 Japanese Cuisine Kashiwaya Osaka Senriyama

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Leap Month〜From September 1st to Autumn Equinox(9/22-10/7)

Obon holiday* has passed, and summer is close to an end.

Kashiwaya expresses the change of the seasons according to the Tenpō calendar** and 24 solar terms since we would like to cherish the Japanese mind towards seasons that are nurtured down to the ages and pass them on to the generations.

One of the Japanese cuisine chefs’ concerns is whether the annual events should take place on the solar calendar or the Tenpō calendar. To give an example, Obon was a Buddist event occurring around July 15 on the Tenpō calendar. After changing to the modern dating system in 1872, some understand that Obon is held on July 15 on the solar calendar, while others on August 15 on the solar calendar. Also, Obon is thought to happen on July 15 on the Tenpō calendar. As described, the day of the annual events is thrown into extreme confusion.

The other cause of confusion is adding “leap month.” On the Tenpō calendar, their months are based on the regular cycle of the Moon phase. Therefore, the length of 12 months on Tenpō is 11 days shorter than on the solar calendar. Leap month is added every second or third year to adjust the Tenpō calendar to 24 solar terms.

Leap month is added after this April, and there are 13 months this year. Therefore, the schedule of annual events on the Tenpō calendar is slightly shifted on the solar calendar. According to it, the schedule of our cuisine will be changed from usual:

Until August 31     “Remains of Summer”
September 1st to October 7(Autumn Equinox)     “Full Moon on Autumn”
October 8 (Cold Dew) to November 6 (Frost Descent)      “Chrysanthemum”

With Kashiwaya cuisine, please enjoy knowing and feeling the Japanese autumn.

*Obon holiday: Obon is a traditional Japanese event to welcome the spirits of ancestors.
**Tenpō calendar: The last traditional calendar system in Japan (lunisolar calendar). It was published Tenpō era(1830-) and use until 1872 before the solar calendar was adopted.

It is time to feel the sign of spring.
The contents may depending on the day’s stocks.
Thank you for your kind understanding.

*The above is the menu for orchids (¥ 35,000).